Today something happened that was a pure sucker punch to the heart.  The kind of sucker punch that made me put on sunglasses inside because I started crying. 

BUT in trying not to focus on that–I won a mug at our parish picnic. And it’s my favorite bible verse in the whole world. My whole theme in life, since I was a kid. 

I never win stuff- and what an appropriate gift, so I truly believe this was a message for me. 

The moral: life will sucker punch you –but Keep the Joy of the Lord as your Strength. 

People can be mean and dumb, and human…but God is good. 

The joy of the Lord is my strength. 

Those words are on repeat. All day long.